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Tracking and Recovering Laptops and Desktops

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132467D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that uses the unique Media Access Controller (MAC) address in laptops and desktops to locate missing computers when they are connected to the Internet. Benefits include a solution that can save billions of dollars by recovering lost hardware and confidential information.

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Tracking and Recovering Laptops and Desktops

Disclosed is a method that uses the unique Media Access Controller (MAC) address in laptops and desktops to locate missing computers when they are connected to the Internet. Benefits include a solution that can save billions of dollars by recovering lost hardware and confidential information.

Background

Laptop theft is a serious issue, and it can happen anywhere, including on company premises. When this happens, the loss of actual laptop investments can be in the thousands, and the data, time, and confidentially losses can be in millions. In addition, many companies adopt costly mandatory policies to lock storage cabinets and place security cables on laptops. Currently, there are no loss and recovery mechanisms integrated into laptops and desktops to help recover them when they are stolen.

General Description

In the disclosed method, a computer’s MAC address is used as a unique identifier to tell where it is located when the computer is connected to the Internet. The computer’s serial number is associated with its MAC address. A register in the LAN vendor-specific space is used to store the serial number before the computer is shipped to the customer. The serial number is entered via the BIOS setup menu in the MFG. The first time the computer connects to the Internet, it sends out its MAC address and serial number to the server and the server stores this information.  The computer behaves like a client, and uses the existing...